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Understanding eye related symptoms and features
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The eye is a part of the ocular and vision systems of the body. The ocular system includes the eye and its central vision system (cornea, lens, eye fluids), all of the parts which make vision possible.
Symptoms affecting the eyes may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.
Symptoms relating to the eyes may affect their structure and function including their ability to see, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the eye without any impact on vision.
What is Telecanthus?
It is when the distance between the two inner corners of the eyes is measured as being two standard deviations above the norm, or when this widened distance is obvious when looking at the face. This does not usually affect the pupils of the eyes which are not further apart, just the space between the inner corners of the eyes. It does not affect the whole eye.
What should I do next?
In some instances telecanthus may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
Dystopia canthorum, Corners of eye widely separated, Increased intercanthal distance, Increased distance between medial canthi
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